World Cup 2019: Team-wise one player who might not feature in the starting XI

While some of the players are only travelling as the backups, a few of them just might not make it due to too much talent in the team.

James Vince
James Vince of England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The World Cup is now closer than ever. Only a few days are left for the biggest tournament in the world to begin and all the teams have now finalised their squads, while some have made a couple of changes in their initial team-list. All the players are physically and mentally prepared for this grand competition. This is most likely to be the best World Cup ever since the teams are now more competitive than ever and also the format has now been changed slightly.

A 15-member squad of each team will compete in the tournament but only 11 players will get a chance to make a mark on the field on a given day. While most of the teams are also sorted with their XIs some of them are travelling with the teams as backups. Only if a preferred player in that particular role is injured, then only these backup players are likely to get a chance. As of now, with no injuries, all teams look settled and the backup players look set to warm up the bench.

Here, we bring you one player from each team who might not make it to the starting XI at the World Cup:

10. Mohammad Hasnain (Pakistan)

Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Hasnain. (Photo Source: Twitter)

He is just a 19-year-old, right-arm fast bowler and was lucky to be named in Pakistan’s World Cup plans. Mohammad Hasnain made his debut recently against Australia and it has not even been three months until his rise into the big stage. He proved his mettle in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year and the selectors might have rushed him into the highest level.

Lacking the experience at this stage would be a big factor and during pressure situations such issues will certainly be showcased. Many still think Pakistan missed a trick by picking him up since he has not done anything spectacular so far to make into the squad so quickly. In the five matches he has played, he has taken five wickets with the best figures of 2 for 52. His economy is also not so impressive going for nearly 7.5 runs per over.

With the likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Afridi in the line-up, Hasnain is unlikely to get a nod in the first few matches at least. Having said that, the youngster can use this chance to learn as much as he can and get better.


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